Wednesday, October 28, 2015

By Scotland Now

'Outlander' Book Series Author Reveals The Starz Cast Member She's Most Similar To, Talks Season 2

"Outlander" author Diana Gabaldon says she has more in common with Jamie than with Claire.

"He's more me than most of them," Gabaldon told Scotland Now. "I mean, they're all me when you come right down to it -- anybody in a book is a refraction, if not a reflection, of the author, including 'Black Jack' Randall -- but Jamie has a lot more of my innate background than Claire does."

She added, "Claire I identify with, certainly for the scientific aspect: the logical, competent, take charge kind of thing. And she has a great deal of my personality, including my talent for sarcasm. But Jamie has that love of family and that inborn sense of responsibility and entrenchment in his culture. And we're both Catholics and you can see how that informs his life and his decisions and his moral outlook on things, as well as his conviction that there are things that are his responsibility and he will not be swayed from them."

Fittingly, Gabaldon has a close relationship with Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie on Starz's "Outlander."

"The only [actor] who [talks to me about his character] routinely is Sam Heughan and I've known him since the moment he was cast," Gabaldon said. "I was very excited about his audition tape and I am on Twitter, so, [at the time], I took a quick look to see if he was on there as well and he was."

"We have very long, complex conversations on occasion -- other times, just a few words," Gabaldon revealed. "I did, though, talk with both Sam and Tobias at some length about the final episodes of Season 1, and the background and nature of the characters and their relationship there."

The second season of Starz's "Outlander" premieres in March. The show's creators, Gabaldon said, have "risen to the challenge" of adapting her novel "Dragonfly in Amber," which she called "a very complex book."

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